Train stations in America are typically fast-paced hubs where travelers are often looking to either board and depart, or catch their ride home. But if you stop and look around, some train stations are really beautiful. In fact, TimeOut recently published a ranking of the most beautiful train stations in the country. Three Massachusetts places were included on the list.
“We’re focusing on the train stations themselves, those places where you can get out of the weather to wait for your train, or the edifice you gawk at through the window as you pull into the station,” TimeOut states.
So, the next time you are traveling by train in Massachusetts you may be stepping foot in one of the most beautiful stations in the country, according to TimeOut. It might be worth spending a few extra minutes to explore the building.
#11 John W. Olver Transit Center – Greenfield
TimeOut explained that this station qualified due to the fact that the Vermonter and the Valley Flyer are right behind it. Technically, the John W. Olver Transit Center is for bus rides. Nonetheless, it’s close to the Main St. Historic District of Greenfield. It is often praised for its net-zero carbon design. The architectural exterior is also one to marvel at. It is made of brick, carbon, and locally sourced stone.
#4 South Station – Boston
“Opened in 1898, it was originally a union station built for five different rail systems which have since been consolidated or are defunct,” TimeOut explains. There are 13 platform tracks out of South Station. These will see commuters traveling locally and those heading out on vacation. Wanderu describes how there is even one train per day that goes to Chicago out of this busy Boston spot.
#3 Union Station – Worcester
This station is also over 110 years old. It serves Amtrak riders and local travelers. Furthermore, its placement in the city allows for a quick walk to many popular destinations within Worcester, such as the DCU Center for a concert or a game. The white exterior of this building is picturesque with the two white, tall-standing towers. At night, the roundabout in front is often lit up, making the entire train station block postcard worthy.